PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It has been called the most important election of our times.
But many local voters are concerned they may not be able to cast their vote in this year’s presidential election.
As wife of the late mayor Bob O’Connor, Judy O’Connor has rarely missed voting in an election.
Recently, she found out the name on her driver’s license is not an exact match for the one on her voter registration.
O’Connor is one of hundreds of local voters who have called the County Election Bureau seeking assurances they’ll be able to vote in November.
“We’re getting calls from voters who want to make sure that they’re name on their license will match their voter registration when they present their voter ID on Election Day,” says Mark Wolosik from the Allegheny County Board of Elections.
Just this week, the state issued guidelines aimed at calming those fears saying that the name on the photo ID need not be an exact match but must substantially conform to the name on the voter registration rolls.
If you voter registration does not have your middle name and your driver’s license does, this means you’ll be able to vote.
Presentation of the photo ID will add an extra step to the process and that raises concern for Judy O’connor.
“I’m just worried about people waiting in line. I think we’re going to get long lines this time,” Judy says.
The election bureau says poll workers will undergo training to use good judgment.
Since the turnout of this year’s Presidential elections dwarfs all others, the first year of the voter ID law promises to be a baptism of fire.